The neolithic peoples of the Middle East practiced a strange burial ritual between 7,000 and 6,000 BCE (9-8 kya). They took the skulls of their ancestors and added decorations, or covered it in plaster and paint. These otherworldly portraits of the death graced a prominent spot inside people's houses. Soon, I will be releasing a post on the subject, exploring its birth and significance within neolithic society. To peak your interest, here's a picture of some of these skulls...
|Two skulls from Jericho, made around 9 kya. 2spooky
Also here's a fun map of the region and timeline, by myself. It's markers on a piece of paper, there's no silly copyright.
So stay tuned, and Happy Halloween!